Artist Darren Cullen (previously) created the posters, which read, "The crew of our nuclear submarines are on a suicide mission. To launch their missiles means death is certain, not just for them, but for the millions of innocent people those bombs will obliterate, and for the rest of us too." Read the rest
Agent X and Agent Full Stop are a pair of graffiti activists who call themselves Acción Ortográfica Quito: they sneak around the streets of Quito, Ecuador with cans of red spray-paint, correcting the punctuation, grammar and spelling of the city's prolific graffiti writers, bringing legibility to boasts, professions of love, and political messages. Read the rest
A few years ago Boing Boing shared this documentary about Canadian street artist Peter Gibson a.k.a. Roadsworth, and his Instagram account offers a treasure trove of more his work. Many of Gibson’s designs are politically pointed. As his captions explain, his street murals touch on everything from the refugee crisis to commercialism:
A new record: As of today, the UN has counted 65 million refugees in the world. I painted this last week as part of @muralfestival in collaboration with @amnistie_canadafr , in recognition of this tragic fact. Walls and fences are for painting and climbing not for dividing and obstructing. #amnistie_canadafr #muralfestival #refugee crisis
But other pieces are more fanciful and playful, like this squirrel that appears to be darting down the road:
Some of my favorite designs are below, and you can find the full collection of street art, as well as Gibson's other work, on his Roadsworth Instagram account.
Percy Street is one of those irregular side streets found in older American neighborhoods like South Philadelphia. Cramped and dark, it became a favorite haunt of ne'er-do-wells until the installation of the neon-infused "Electric Street" mural. Now it's a destination of locals and tourists, and the increased traffic has tamped down the bad behavior. Read the rest
Macedonia's laws define vandalism as a misdemeanor which puts a limit on the jail time faced by participants in a political movement whose symbol is splashes of brightly colored paint. Read the rest
Banksy's iconic SWAT Van artwork goes up for auction at Bonhams next week. The piece first appeared in Banksy's infamous 2006 Los Angeles show Barely Legal. The hammer price is expected to hit US$300,000 - $450,000. From Bonhams:
Banksy's classic response to fear and tyranny is laughter and in the case of the present work the artist toys with his anti-establishment persona, ridiculing the police not just by depicting a scene in which heavily armed, faceless Special Forces agents are hoodwinked by a small boy but by doing so on the very apparatus of their strength. Banksy's best works combine vicious black humour with a clarity of message that many of the best advertisers would kill for and a rage that simply will not be ignored. His playfulness is the velvet glove that hides the iron fist of a social conscience honed on the streets of Bristol and which found its apotheosis in his breakout show Barely Legal in Los Angeles in 2006...
The present work was acquired directly from this exhibition and has remained in the same magnificent collection ever since, coming to the open market now for the first time. Despite the nature of the sculpture the condition is excellent and testament to the care with which the artist approaches even his most challenging works. This is a work that by the artist's own admission was first shown in a 'vandalised warehouse extravaganza' and yet it is worthy of any museum collection in the world.
If you purchase Banksy's "Spy Booth" mural for $300,000, you get a three-bedroom Victorian home in Cheltenham, England for free! The house, in dire need of renovation, features the Banksy artwork on an outside wall. It's now fenced in as the mural was defaced in 2014 and then restored.
From the New York Post:
The mural was painted in the wake of — and apparently in support of — Edward Snowden’s leak of National Security Agency documents, which revealed startling information about global surveillance.
But why is “Spy Booth” located in this English town, and not, say, in Washington, DC? Because Cheltenham is home to the UK Government Communications Headquarters, Britain’s intelligence and security agency, which actually uses this artwork on its website.
Property listing: Fairview Road, Fairview, Cheltenham, GL52
Brooklyn-based artist Ray Bartkus painted an upside down mural on a building on the Šešupė River in Marijampole, Lithuania. The painting makes sense when seen reflected in the river's water. Read the rest
Celebratory street art spotted in San Francisco's Castro District, an iconic epicenter of LGBTQ culture. Read the rest